MEDIA ADVISORY: Centerstone to Offer Free Training Workshops for Child Care Providers, College Students, Parents and Pre-Kindergarten Teachers in Honor of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

WHAT: Centerstone’s Early Childhood Network (ECN) is partnering with Columbia State Community College, Tennessee Voices for Children, Books from Birth of Middle Tennessee, an initiative of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, and the Maury County Community Advisory Board to host a free training. In recognition of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness day on May 3, 2011, the training will consist of two workshops – Language is the Key followed by Feelings Make the Difference.

Language is the Key is presented by Heather Smith of Books from Birth of Middle Tennessee, an initiative of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Language is the Key is designed to help teachers and parents “read” with children by encouraging both adult and child to look at the book’s illustrations and talk about the story.

Feelings Make the Difference, presented by Mamie McKenzie of Tennessee Voices for Children, uses naturally occurring interactions between parents and children or teachers and children to talk about feelings. Feelings Make the Difference also teaches impulse control and anger management. During the trainings, participants will engage in workbook activities as well as group discussion. Instruction materials will be provided. Space is limited to 100 people.

Child care providers, college students in Early Childhood Studies, parents and pre-Kindergarten teachers in Maury County
WHEN: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Columbia State Community College in the Clement Auditorium
1665 Hampshire Pike, Columbia, TN 38401

To register for the workshop, contact Centerstone’s Early Childhood Network Coordinator, April Scott at (931) 490-1566 or april.scott@centerstone.org.

For media inquiries, contact Mindy Tobin at (615) 463-6649 or mindy.tobin@centerstone.org.

For more information about Centerstone’s Early Childhood Network visit www.centerstone.org. Connect with Centerstone on Facebook at facebook.com/Centerstone.org or on Twitter at @Centerstone.

Centerstone’s Early Childhood Network (ECN) provides quality intervention services in Maury Country for children (birth – third grade) and their families. ECN offers extensive resources for parents with children who have behavioral problems and experience emotional or behavioral disorders that interfere with family, school and community activities.